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British Police have smashed a drugs ring which allegedly smuggled over 50 tonnes of drugs into the UK, hidden in lorries carrying vegetables and juice from Holland.
Police believe it is the biggest ever conspiracy they have seen in the UK and it followed a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation which tracked the imported drugs as they were shipped into the UK from the Continent.
The drugs are believed to be worth millions of pounds and their seizure led to the arrest of 13 men across the UK, including Leeds and Dewsbury.
The NCA regional head of investigations for the north of England, said that she believes it is the biggest conspiracy we have ever seen in the UK to smuggle in a quantity of drugs on this scale, and also said that it is “massively significant”.
The 13 men are suspected of being members of an organised crime group which used a number of front companies to help them illegally import cannabis, heroin and cocaine into the UK.
In addition to the 13 British suspects, four men and two women were arrested in April by Dutch police, on behalf of the British Police, and are now awaiting trial.